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In recent decades, we have heard repeatedly that sugar is an energy food.  Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  And sugary foods and beverages certainly taste good.  So we might easily assume that sweet foods and beverages are body-friendly.  But now is a good time to challenge that perception.  On balance, sugars may not be your great friend.  Today, I speak from my holistic healing practice.

When we eat sugars, the mesolimbic dopamine system in the brain clicks on.  The brain’s neurons start releasing dopamine, which makes us feel happy. And this makes us want more of that stuff that causes dopamine production:  sugars.  Ever notice that when you start eating ice cream from the container, you keep wanting more?  That’s the brain calling for more of that dopamine-production fuel.  You are meeting your body’s biochemistry straight on! This is the effect that possibly makes people think sugar gives them energy.  They feel perked up.  Plus, if their insulin is working well, they will get more blood glucose flowing into their muscles, temporarily.

However, most people get a crash after that blood sugar high, and the blood sugar level then drops steadily until the next meal or snack.  Then the post-sugar person is weak, tired, bleary-eyed, cranky, and fog-brained.  There will be less of a crash if you have some protein with your sugary snack: a bit of chicken, tuna, garbanzo beans, nuts, cheese, or eggs.  And sweet foods with fiber, i.e., fruits, will process more slowly and give you less of a crash.

So back to why sugar actually makes us tired and weak:

  1. You burn through your available insulin, as above.
  2. Sugars are, by definition, yin foods, in Chinese medicine.  You must eat yang foods to balance yin foods, or you will be tired and weak.  More on yin– and yang foods in an upcoming article.
  3. You’re not getting nutrition to support your many thousands of metabolic processes, when you eat white sugar.  It’s refined, and that removes the nutrition, other than the sugar itself.  So on a high-sugar diet, you are malnourished, which is a weakened state.

So let’s challenge that perception that sugar is energy food! Have a little for fun and pleasure, and then eat your veggies, proteins, and limited fruit.  (More on healthy eating in an upcoming column.)  Try for the least sugar in your diet, and you will find yourself increasingly Healthy, Happy, and Loving Lifesm!

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Kebba Buckley Button is a stress solutions expert and award-winning author who celebrates life.  She also has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within:  Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine.  The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office.   To email us, kebba@kebba.com .

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